Shia LaBeouf

(Shia Saide LaBeouf)

Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
  • Born: June 11, 1986
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Performance Artist, Filmmaker









Shia Saide LaBeouf is an American actor, performance artist, and filmmaker. He became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, a role for which LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003. He made his film debut in The Christmas Path (1998). In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate and later directed a short film titled Maniac (2011), starring American rappers Cage and Kid Cudi.

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A lot of people like to think that golf is a lazy man's sport. Or it's a rich man's sport, or it's a sport that they can't be involved in. Sports & Athletics
A relationship to me is never about the romance.
Actors live dependent on being validated by other people's opinions. I don't understand what it is I do that people want. I don't know what an actor does. I have no credentials. I don't know what I'm doing.
Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.
Agents are used to the parents pimping. They're not used to the kid pimping.
All of the things that have happened in my life have been self-propelled. I can't blame anybody else or point a finger at anybody. Life
And if you're a golfer and you watch a golf film and Matt Damon swing, and it's not great, then you're not going to believe in the golf story, you're not going to believe in the rest of the film. That's the whole movie, so if that swing looks like crap, the movie's crap.
And I'm not a personality; otherwise I'd be coming out with an album, performing on MTV. All that stuff is possible and I can do that tomorrow. I just have no need.
And yeah, my handicap was down to a 10 when we were at the thick of it. I trained for six or seven months, golfing every day for six hours, seven days a week, with eight trainers. It was intense.
Animation has completely changed, and I've always been a big fan.
Any time you're a type, your career's over. Time
As an actor, the minute you start getting real in interviews, you lose mystery.
At this point I have enough money to live 25 lifetimes. You couldn't spend the money I've accrued now. Money, Coins & Minting
But this is a little different. This is the adult acting. This is a different crowd. It's more work and more good work. That's it. People will have their opinion regardless. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor.
Comics, for me, is being able to sing alone in the shower. I find it freeing. You just pick up a pen and get to it.
Crime is sexy.
Every actor chooses their story at the beginning.
Every time you make a movie it's an adventure. Time
Everybody's got stories. I don't want to not have stories.
Have you ever noticed how most critics disagree with the public? That should tell you a lot about critics.
Hey, I'm a human being also.
I am a season ticket holder to Dodger games. I go to every Dodger game I can go to. Every single one.
I am trying to impress myself. I have yet to do it.
I can't tell you how many hot dogs I've eaten in my life. Life
I come from divorce. I'm only doing marriage once. It's not a game for me. Families, Children & Parenting
I come from French Cajun Jewish people.
I come from garbage.
I didn't jump onto anyone else's coattail and ride their wave.
I didn't know my dad for a long time. My dad was on drugs and my dad was at the VA Hospital, my dad was off in his own world selling drugs or using them or there would be crack heads in the house or whatever it would be. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
I didn't read the book on how to be a well-adjusted celebrity.
I don't even really know what it is I do for a living - the level of insecurity is very, very high. You're making a lot of money, getting a lot of accolades and positive criticism for something where you don't even know what you're doing. Money, Coins & Minting
I don't have many actor friends.
I don't have to live this lavish lifestyle.
I don't know, I just want to be happy. I could be in a hole somewhere. Or I could completely lose it and be some hippy living in the woods with my dad. Families, Children & Parenting
I don't like having my space invaded.
I drink protein shakes nonstop - three or four a day - and I run a lot, so you get rid of the bad carbs and keep the rest so you have the energy to make it through.
I enjoy what I'm able to give my family. Families, Children & Parenting
I feel like I'm really honest in my interviews, to a fault. I've lost friends over it. Major friends. And I'm heartbroken about that.
I go to sleep at night, and I feel like I just dreamed the whole day.
I got accepted at Yale but never went.
I got kicked out of every school I ever went to.
I grew up around a lot of aggressive guys. My parents used to take me to AA meetings when I was very young. So I know aggression, I know insanity.
I hated golf when we first started, but a big part of the training process was falling in love with this sport, so I went on tour with the UCLA Team. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sports & Athletics
I have a great house.
I have a hard time with free time. Time
I have a very nappy, curly head.
I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I like messing around, and I like working with artists who I respect. Respect
I like the dark, mysterious, maybe even gothic type girls. They have to have a good personality too! I'm very picky!
I never get in trouble.
I think envy motivates a lot of people.
I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role.
I think I'm prone to not being a good guy in relationships.
I think penguins are the most human of all the birds, which may be why people love them. They're cute, they stand upright and they look like they're wearing tuxedos. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think the audience is pretty intelligent.
I think there's a form of honesty, because I used to be very honest with the press, and then it backfired on me, and I understood it.
I think, my generation, it's hard to have hope when you got a $700-trillion derivatives debt to pay and a bubble about to explode and $500 trillion worth of GDP. Hope
I trained more than anybody ever in a golf film ever made - my swing is pretty hot.
I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful.
I turned down twelve films last year... Huge money films, but I had no respect for the writer or the work. Respect ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I understand why marriages break up over golf. I can't even talk about my own handicap because it's too upsetting.
I used to dirt bike a lot. I can't do that anymore. Can't eat a whole lot of chocolate anymore, either. I can't be in 'Indiana Jones' and be a fatso!
I want my audience to know me for my work, not because of who I'm dating or what drugs I'm on or what club I went to. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was always raised on cowboy films, and then when I could start making choices about the movies I wanted to watch I found myself wanting to watch gangster films which were slightly more sophisticated than the baseline stuff that was in westerns. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I was in a relationship with a girl I loved for three years. Where do you go after three years? Then you've got to start thinking about other things, and I'm too young to think about those things. Relationships
I was planning on going to Yale to theater school.
I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism.
I wasn't cocky, just confident; I went to an all black school, a white kid.
I would like to be George Clooney diplomatic. I just don't have the wherewithal yet or the inner serenity.
I'd love to go to school and have a normal life, but I don't see any professor at Yale being able to teach me more than Steven Spielberg. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If I could meet my mother and marry her, I would. I would be with my mother now, if she weren't my mother, as sick as that sounds.
If I had more recreation time I would be able to step back and reflect on how life has changed. But it has been like a constant... boom, boom, boom, boom, boom! Life ;Time
If I have enough money to eat I'm good. Money, Coins & Minting
If I want to party, I'll party at my house.
If people perceive you as a good actor then they'll wish for you to be a good actor and they'll root for you when they watch you, but if you come out and you're going to clubs every night people don't root for you anymore.
If you asked an 18-year-old what they want to do with their life, and the options are 'Transformers' or Lars von Trier, he's probably shipping out for 'Transformers.' If you ask a 26-year-old what he wants to do, 'Transformers' or Lars von Trier, he'd probably pick Lars von Trier. So, my sensibilities are changing as I change. Life
If you're trying to learn how to act from a class, you're analyzing the teachers' movements and their intricacies, and it becomes like a pantomime of you wanting to be them, and that's wrong. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. It's your own imagination, and your own version of it.
I'm a call-sheet junkie. I love being on set. So, the hardest thing for me is dealing with all this idle time. That's when I get into trouble. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm a little territorial and defensive.
I'm a little territorial and defensive. I don't like having my space invaded.
I'm a video game fan, and I always thought it would be cool to be able to control a character.
I'm an actor, but I'm an artist.
I'm an individual, and I have opinions.
I'm an only child, so I'm pretty much a loner.
I'm just selfish. I have to be for what I do.
I'm kind of bi-polar.
I'm not a celebrity, I've kind of been under the radar, has kept it easier for me to maintain a career.
I'm not a star, I'm an actor.
I'm not a strikingly handsome guy, but I'm in movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure. I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm not that smooth.
I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm Richie Rich. I land in New York, secretly thinking I'm like the coolest guy in the world.
I'm trying to find a way to eat up time without being destructive, 'cause that's my go-to, it seems. Time
I'm very picky and I'm in a situation where it's a big crossover.
In my parents' generation, rebellion was pop culture. It's not anymore.
It's really easy to fall for someone on-set, but in the end you know, it's a representative and it's not really them.
It's very weird because the 'It' guy usually is not the 'It' guy next year or even a guy that anyone is talking about.
I've been in fights, but that doesn't make me cool or like a tough guy or more interesting actor, I'm not proud of it.
I've had to deal with all different types of situations - positive and negative and extremes of both.
I've learned a great deal about a certain type of filmmaking. But I have ambitions toward another type of filmmaking that I haven't been allowed to engage in yet.
I've never been able to learn from other people's mistakes - I'm not that smart - so I usually learn by trial by fire.
I've spent more on my Dodger tickets that I did on my car.
Knowledge about the economy, ideas about capitalism and government, the future of the world and geopolitics were things I was never really interested in. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Future
Latins are into clowns.
Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin.
Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them. I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Most actors on most days don't think they're worthy.
My dad is a motorcycle guy, not some Hollywood dude. Families, Children & Parenting
My family, my parents are hippies. Families, Children & Parenting
My family's lineage is five generations of artists who never made it. Families, Children & Parenting
My first car, I got it in an auction at my temple. It was an '86 Volvo that I got for 500 bucks, and then wound up throwing $10,000 into the stereo system and put TVs in the foot rests. It was the most ridiculous Volvo you'd ever seen, but I had never had money before and I was out of my mind. Money, Coins & Minting
My generation will actually be the first generation that is tamer than the one that came before it, and it will probably be poorer; less fun and less money. Money, Coins & Minting
My life is okay, my life is pretty good. Life
My mom is at my house every day, and she nags me about everything, especially hygiene.
My mom is the backbone not just of my family but of many families. Families, Children & Parenting
My neighborhood was rough, but I live a great life now. I don't fight that much now. I don't look for it anyway, but if someone hits your mother, whether you're a star, an accountant, or an astronaut or anything... I mean it's your mother, so I lost my mind. Life
My parents are retired, basically.
No, I come for a hippy lifestyle, it's very open; my parents are both hippies.
No, I was an unknown when I walked in that room. He didn't know who I was from a fly on the wall.
Nobody makes movies like Oliver Stone. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nobody strives to lose.
None of my friends were ever as broke as I was.
Now my dad is with me, traveling with me and a big part of this whole thing is I like to mix it up a little bit, you know. Who gets to take their father on a private jet across the country and stay in first class hotels? So we're enjoying it, but I'd stop if it's not possible. Families, Children & Parenting
Oh, I've been in love with every woman I've ever worked with. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Old Americana vintage gangster stuff has a fantastical feel; it feels less dirty in a way. It feels like the opera of crime.
Once you make a studio 700 million dollars or so, or whatever the insane number is, then they finally seem to trust you, no matter how off-the-wall your project is. Trust
People are still emulating the old fashioned criminal.
People were going to geometry class and I was swimming through vats of chili on 'Even Stevens.' It was like a dream!
Probably the sexiest woman I know is my mother.
Respected, I almost want to be revered, that's what I'm chasing.
So it's kind of nervous to be in this situation, but at the same time you look at all those actors and the work that they've done, I've been in bigger films than all of them and still kept my integrity and still kept my respect. Time ;Respect ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Sometimes I feel I'm living a meaningless life, and I get frightened. Life
Sometimes perception is almost more important than the skill level of an actor.
Talent is to actors what luck is to card players. It's not really anything; it's just a fictitious word that people have created and labeled things. Talent is like, you know, I never really believed in talent, I believed in drive and determination and preparation, but talent is sort of like luck.
That's one thing I never had to do on a Mike Bay set is sit around and pontificate about the next scene; there's no time for it. You're already in the next scene. Time
The best movies are simple. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The big thing for actors is the level of commitment.
The comic book world is a tough business. Business, Commerce & Finance
The hardest thing in acting is going from child actor to adult actor. It's taken me a long time. Time
There will always be opportunities to be in love again. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There's a form of selling out. It's necessary. You have to become edible for people in Texas. You have to become edible for the Christian right, for mass audiences.
There's never been a parent in my life. Life
There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.
There's only so far you can take a relationship before you got to get into things that are too serious or over the top.
There's something about studying body language and non-spoken emotion - I know the innate response. But to really study it like a science would be fun. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There's this coming-of-age thing that's happening within me.
They're very, uh, you know, I don't come from the suburbs and a jolly, Disney type of lifestyle. I come from something totally different. And they're cool and bare minimum so it's not always a money issue for me. Money, Coins & Minting
To be able to sit in Donald Trump's apartment and talk about the future of corporate real estate was amazing. Future
To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted.
To my mind, talent doesn't really exist.
We did this two-week boot camp before we filmed the movie. I got to know everybody in the group and we became friends. We got really tight throughout those two weeks.
Well, there's different shades of Hollywood, sure. I mean, I'm working in this business but I'm not Hollywood. Business, Commerce & Finance
Well, you don't make any demands to Steven Spielberg.
We're living through the twilight of American economic dominance.
What's cool is when you're able to give your audience imagination and you don't have to cage them in like animals.
When a gust of wind hits a broken bone, you feel it.
When golf used to be a rich man's sport, if you were poor you could not step foot on a course. Sports & Athletics
When people ask me about my story, I just go through the positive stuff: the tent-pole moments, the big landmark checkpoints.
When you look at golf films before us they're all - garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can't beat him. Sports & Athletics
When you're working with the best of the best, I'm not gonna put that on hold so I can work with people who studied the best of the best. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can go to college when you are 30 or 40.
You can't have bank holding companies acting as hedge funds. You can't have them taking a million-dollar pension plan for Joe Schmo the bus driver and treat it with the same risk appetite that you treat George Soros' pocket money. It's fundamentally ridiculous. Money, Coins & Minting
You never really meet a human being until you live with them or know them for awhile, so this is my clown and they understand that and so these interviews don't bother them.

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